There have been reports of heavy gunfire on the Texas-Mexico border – Pharr–Reynosa International Bridge in the last few minutes. Many posts and videos of the same have also been shared on social media.

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Along the border between the United States and Mexico, the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge spans the Rio Grande. It connects the cities of Pharr in Texas, the United States, and Reynosa in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The bridge links to U.S. Route 281 on the American side via Texas State Highway Spur 600. It gives access to Mexican Federal Highway 2 on the Mexican side. Both commercial and passenger vehicles can cross the bridge.

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The shooting on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge is an interesting occurrence preceding Title 42, ending Thursday. For those who are unaware, Title 42 is part of the US law that regulates social welfare, public health, and civil rights. It grants the federal government the power to take urgent measures to prevent communicable diseases from entering the nation.

In 2020, when the coronavirus outbreak started, Donald Trump utilized the law. But when it was put into place, the Trump administration could deport immigrants more rapidly without having to decide whether to give them refuge, and the Biden administration has since continued it.

Now, the Biden administration seeks to lift the policy and end it on Thursday.

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Nevertheless, Republican leaders have long been asserting that removing Title 42 limits will result in a surge in the number of migrants seeking to enter the United States. Thus, in order to be ready for a potential rise in illegal immigration, the Biden administration and the Texas state government sent more personnel to the US-Mexico border.

It remains to be seen what effect the shooting will now have on the Texas-Mexico border before Title 42 is lifted tomorrow.